CNRS-L/LAU PhD Award Program 2017-2018

As part of the agreement between the National Council for Scientific Research of the Lebanese Republic (CNRS-L) and the Lebanese American University (LAU) for the co-financing of doctoral studies, many doctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2017-2018. Download the Application Form.




These awards are exclusively for Lebanese students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) recognized as such by the two institutions (CNRS-L and LAU). Considered eligible, Lebanese applicants under the age of 30, and having 14/20 (French system) or 85/100 (American system) as overall average in the Master’s degree (or equivalent).

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Selection Criteria and Priorities for 2017-2018

This year, the CNRS-L has set up a new evaluation mechanism in which all the indicators related to the candidate, the supervisor and the thesis proposal are considered. For example, the excellence of the candidate and his academic background, the expertise of the supervisor and the coherence of his research activities, as well as the subject relevance to CNRS-L priorities (see annex) and its pertinence to societal challenges, are part of these indicators. Priority will be given to proposals related to a research project funded, partially or fully, by CNRS-L (GRP, ARU, CEDRE, CNRS-AUF, etc.). On the other hand, and in harmony with CNRS-L innovation policy, applied and innovative proposals will be strongly encouraged this year.

Finally, special attention will be paid to issues of scientific ethics and integrity.

In addition to the eligibility conditions mentioned above, the CNRS-L Doctoral Fellowships are subject to the following restrictions:

It should be noted that in order to obtain the CNRS-L / LAU fellowship, the candidate must be a fully devoted to his thesis work, and that the thesis may be prepared within a co-tutellle or co-supervision with a foreign institution.


Contents of the Application File:


  1. Application file with original signatures
  2. Identity card (civil register-إخراج قيد فردي)
  3. ID photo (صورة شمسية)
  4. Curriculum Vitae; Copy of Baccalaureate & University Degrees; Transcript of Grades
  5. Applicant’sLetter of Intent (attach to application)
  6. Two letters of recommendation (attach to application)
  7. Publications by applicant (if any; attach copies to application)
  8. Doctoral admission
  9. Ethical issues table



The application and documents listed above must be submitted to:

Mrs Gracia Zgheib-Mahfoud

Program Officer

Graduate Studies & Research; ext. #: 2547

Byblos Campus, Block A, Room 705

Lebanese American University

Electronic version to be sent to:

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 30, 2017.

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